Andy Riley

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Andy Riley (born 27 April 1970) is a British author, cartoonist, and Emmy-winning screenwriter for TV and film.

Riley has written several best-selling cartoon books, The Book of Bunny Suicides (2003),[1] Return of the Bunny Suicides, The Bumper Book of Bunny Suicides, Dawn of the Bunny Suicides, Great Lies To Tell Small Kids (2005), Loads More Lies to Tell Small Kids (2006),[2] and Selfish Pigs,[3] which have produced calendar, greetings card, Bunnycides iPhone app and poster spin-offs. From 2002 until February 2010[4] he drew a weekly comic strip called Roasted in The Observer Magazine, a collection of which was released in book form in October 2007. D.I.Y. Dentistry was released in October 2008 in hardback.[5]

With Kevin Cecil, his friend since they attended Aylesbury Grammar School, he created and wrote the sitcoms The Great Outdoors for BBC Four, Hyperdrive for BBC Two[6][7] and Slacker Cats for the ABC Family Channel.[8] Their other television work includes Veep[9] (for which they each won an Emmy in 2015 in the Outstanding Comedy Series category), Black Books,[10] the Comic Relief one-off special Robbie the Reindeer,[11] for which he and Cecil won a BAFTA in 2000, Little Britain, Trigger Happy TV, So Graham Norton, Smack the Pony, The Armando Iannucci Shows, Harry and Paul, Big Bad World, Come Fly With Me, and Spitting Image. The Radio Four panel game they wrote with Jon Holmes and Tony Roche, The 99p Challenge, ran for five series from 2000.[12]

They wrote for the Miramax animated feature Gnomeo and Juliet.

Riley has co-written two TV adaptations of David Walliams books: Gangsta Granny and The Boy In The Dress.

Riley was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and Pembroke College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He is namechecked in the Father Ted Christmas Special as 'Father Andy Riley'.


  1. ^ Jarvis, Alice-Azania Jarvis (1 November 2007). "The 5-minute Interview: Andy Riley, Cartoonist and author". The Independent (London). Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Donaldson, Brian (18 September 2006). "Andy Riley - Loads More Lies to Tell Small Kids". The List. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Selfish Pigs by Andy Riley, creator of The Bunny Suicides". Daily Telegraph (London). 2 October 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Riley, Andy (26 January 2010). "Status". Twitter. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Andy Riley (gallery)". The Observer (London). September 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil". Hyperdrive. BBC Comedy. July 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Deans, Jason (14 February 2006). "Hyperdrive gets second series". Guardian (London). Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Wiegund, David (13 August 2007). "Review: Cartoon cats with adult themes? Bad, kitty, bad". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Veep IMDB entry". 
  10. ^ Low, Lenny Ann (13 June 2005). "In the bad books". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  11. ^ Mytton, Leigh (26 December 2002). "Top comic cast for Reindeer Robbie". BBC News. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "The 99p Challenge". BBC Comedy. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 

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